Immigration Law

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Lawsuit Challenges Systemic USCIS and ICE FOIA Delays
Posted on 20 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

AIC, June 19, 2019 "Under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), individuals must receive a determination on requests for information within a maximum of 30 days. However, individuals and attorneys who file FOIAs with the United States Citizenship... Read More


TRAC: Feds 'Flying Blind' on Asylum...And Blinding the Watchers
Posted on 24 Apr 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, Apr. 23, 2019 "... It appears that the government itself does not actually know what happens to those it arrests at the border. It admits it lacks the ability to reliably follow cases when they pass from one agency of DHS to another - such... Read More

New FOIA Release - Butler County ICE Detainees Paid in Coffee Packets, ICE Punishes Hunger Strikers in Tacoma
Posted on 27 Mar 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Prof. Jacqueline Stevens, Mar. 25, 2019 "Attorneys have been suing private prisons for their exploitation of people in custody under immigration laws, a phenomenon that has been receiving increasing coverage by the mainstream media . But county... Read More

Immigration Agencies Communicated Prior to Arrest of Sanctuary Leader
Posted on 27 Mar 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Tina Vasquez, Rewire.News, Mar. 25, 2019 "Documents obtained by Rewire.News through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request show that immigration enforcement officials reached out to the federal agency tasked with naturalizations and immigration... Read More

D.C. Attorney General Sues ICE for Answers About Immigration Crackdowns
Posted on 23 Oct 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

D.C. Attorney General Karl A. Racine , Oct. 22, 2018 - "Attorney General Karl A. Racine today filed a lawsuit seeking to force U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials to provide answers about recent ICE enforcement actions in the... Read More

Private Immigration Prison Owners Ask Courts for Secrecy: Detention Watch Network v. ICE
Posted on 28 Dec 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

CCR, Dec. 23, 2015 - "In a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) case related to the federal immigration detention bed quota, advocates today pointed to the government’s inclusion of several affidavits from private prison corporations who are not... Read More

2011 ICE Directive on Detention Facility Tours
Posted on 2 Aug 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The purpose of this directive is to provide Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Field Office Directors, or their supervisory designees, and field offices with policy, procedures, and forms to facilitate detention facility tours, visitation... Read More

Press Release in National Immigration Project/NLG v. DHS - Re: New ICE "Policy"
Posted on 9 Mar 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Washington Square Legal Services, Inc. 245 Sullivan Street, 5th Floor New York, New York 10012 Tel: 212-998-6430 Fax: 212-995-4031 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 9, 2012 Contact: Nancy Morawetz, 212-998-6451 nancy.morawetz@nyu... Read More

Tags: morton , return , FOIA , lawsuit , ICE , memo

FOIA Victory; Secure Communities; NDLON et al. v. ICE et al.
Posted on 25 Oct 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Defendants are ordered to release the final version of the October 2 Memorandum, redacting only the final paragraph of page 3 and its accompanying footnote, which are covered by the deliberative process privilege. Defendants are also ordered to... Read More

ICE’s FOIA Office Backlog Shows Ballooning Wait Times
Posted on 30 May 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The median time FOIA requests have been waiting unanswered in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)’s backlog has climbed 64 percent in just the last sixty days. During this period according to ICE records, receipts of new FOIA requests... Read More

Tags: wait times , backlog , FOIA , TRAC , ICE

Court: ICE must release 'S-Comm' memo
Posted on 27 Oct 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement must turn over an internal memo that could reveal the agency's legal justification for mandating the so-called Secure Communities deportation program, a federal judge ruled. ... To "adopt a legal... Read More

ICE’s FOIA Requests Piling Up
Posted on 1 May 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"At Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) there has been a rapid rise in the backlog of FOIA requests received that have been waiting unanswered for long periods of time. According to its annual FOIA report, ICE had only 50 pending requests at... Read More

Tags: backlog , FOIA , TRAC , ICE

My Great FOIA Adventure and Discoveries of Deferred Action Cases at ICE
Posted on 5 Feb 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"This Article describes my adventures in FOIA litigation and analyzes deferred action data collected informally by 24 ICE field offices between October 1, 2011, and June 30, 2012. This Article also offers recommendations for the agency on data collection... Read More

FOIA Lawsuit Filed Seeking Hutto Bond Data: Gilman v. ICE
Posted on 5 Jan 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jazmine Ulloa, Austin American-Statesman, Dec. 30, 2015 - "As a national debate has simmered this year over the detention of immigrant families, a University of Texas law professor is seeking access to public records that she says could prove officials... Read More

Tags: bond , hutto , gilman , FOIA , lawsuit , ICE